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    Cannot unscrew oil filter housing cap - BMW E46

    Sorry guys - been out of town and dealing with a maddening work schedule. Waiting for the 3/8 breaker bar to arrive from amazon, and gather a few more tools before re-attempt. HOPE to try it this weekend and update. Keep rooting for me and the filter housing cap. That's so kind of you guys...
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    Dead rechargeable batteries on cordless drill

    Yeah I should just prob get a new one.... Debating if I REALLY need a drill or just a cordless screwdriver....
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    Cannot unscrew oil filter housing cap - BMW E46

    Good point - I also thought it felt silly and bouncy with the rubber mallet - will use a proper hammer and update after my next attempt. Thanks, Trav
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    Dead rechargeable batteries on cordless drill

    Thanks for the many answers,... Sounds like I should leave them alone and get a new drill....
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    Dead rechargeable batteries on cordless drill

    It's a Hitachi cordless drill and neither battery would recharge. No charging indicator on the in-wall charger. They have been sitting unused for a while. I have seen videos of people charging a dead battery with ANOTHER working battery but in my case BOTH are dead and won't recharge... Can I...
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    Cannot unscrew oil filter housing cap - BMW E46

    Well it's been only 900 miles but several months - I do have the correct oil in it now because I was able to change the oil out. And I really can't PROVE that they were the ones who did it although I know they did. I might take it to them (if i can't get it off) when it's time for regular OC...
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    Cannot unscrew oil filter housing cap - BMW E46

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted by JeffKeryk</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Head to HF and get a 1/2# breaker or long ratchet. And a dead blow hammer. You will get it off. He who dies with the most tools wins. All good. If you were near me I would lend a...
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    Cannot unscrew oil filter housing cap - BMW E46

    Will try soon again. I think most of my fear is re: the housing itself. Perhaps I should wait until I have a spare filter cap.... Yeah I need to get some new wrenches of differing lengths - been thinking I need to do that anyway.
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    Cannot unscrew oil filter housing cap - BMW E46

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted by JTK</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Is the cap plastic and the housing aluminum? Hopefully so. Worst case the cap will break..</div></div> Correct - it is plastic and housing metal. But i want to "secure" the housing...
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    Cannot unscrew oil filter housing cap - BMW E46

    Thanks for all the advice, really appreciate it. Will try to address some of the things suggested: To all who suggested getting the filter cap socket: <span style="text-decoration: underline"> <span style="font-weight: bold">I Already have been using the 6 point 36mm socket</span></span>...
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    Cannot unscrew oil filter housing cap - BMW E46

    So like I stated in a separate thread, I had my last OC done at the dealer on my 2005 E46 and they put the incorrect oil (0w/30 FE) and I decided to change it myself. (I usually do OCs myself on this car but once in while I do take it to dealer when i have a coupon). This E46 has the oil...
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    Post your latest oil change

    After the dealer put in 0w/30 FE oil (wrong for 2005 E46) i just did a mityvac OC today using Edge 0w/40. Stupid dealer had also OVERTIGHTNENED the oil filler cap and i just could not get it off no matter how hard i tried; didn't wanna damage anything so I just gave up (never had any trouble...
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    Trim Restorer

    WOW That's nice. Guess I am gonna have to try this stuff for my 2010 Escape. The step bars, cowl and the rear bumper pad look like your "before" cowl. <span style="font-weight: bold">Did you "seal" the refreshed area after detailing for extra protection with some wax or some other product...
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    Check Sunroof Drain Tubes periodically

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted by super20dan</div><div class="ubbcode-body">this is my first and last car with a sunroof. drain is clogged on one side and requires the wiper cowl to come off to access it. </div></div> Yeah I never WANTED sunroofs either...
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    Facebook Marketplace

    I have bought and sold on FM Market Place. But all transactions were with people I already knew via FB and in person. No experience yet with "non-friend" buyers/sellers... I imagine it's similar to Craigslist.
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    Check Sunroof Drain Tubes periodically

    I say weed trimmer 0.095 weed trimmer line (about $6 at Lowe's) or if you need something a bit thicker: Speedometer cable (with non-terminated ends; if you get a "kit" from AZ or AA you can get that, it's about $6). I have read some use "fishing line" but i have no clue which one to get - I just...
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    Anyone use Motorcraft's quick struts?

    Interesting - and GLAD to see they make them for the 2010 Escape / Mariner ! Thanks for the find. Who knows? I might need them someday; the Escape is at 86k miles right now.
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    car interior cleaner

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted by PimTac</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Good choice. The key to interior detailers is to not spray the product all over everything but instead spray it directly onto a microfiber towel and then wipe down the surfaces...
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    Check Sunroof Drain Tubes periodically

    LAZYDOG: <span style="text-decoration: underline">Thanks for the tip re: cowl drains </span>- I was planning to remove the "cowl" and clean the area underneath- that piece is badly sun-faded and needs detailing, anyway - prob easier to detail out of the car. <span style="text-decoration...
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    Check Sunroof Drain Tubes periodically

    This is something anyone who owns a car with a sunroof should do occasionally, esp if you park outside under trees a lot: check to make sure your drain tubes are not obstructed. (slowly pour water down the drain tube openings on either side of sunroof "tray" test, to see if water drains to...
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